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Poetry in motion: 15th National Poetry Day

Update: February, 12/2017 - 21:00
Excitement: Readers watch their favourite poets performing. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The 15th Poetry Day was held on Saturday at the Temple of Literature, Việt Nam’s first national university. This year’s festival drew huge crowds of poetry lovers and poets to the landmark Hà Nội site.

Con Đường Thi Nhân (The pathway of Poets), which was set up at the site to honour over 200 outstanding poets and their works, created a decorative avenue throughout the Confucian establishment’s inner courtyards.

Nguyễn Quang Thiều, deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Writers’ Association, said he was pleased with the positive reactions. "This year, more people came than we expected. I think one of the reasons is that the ceremony was held on the weekend and we were lucky with good weather. We also learned many lessons from the past and improves our organising experience," said Thiều.

Trần Thị Chinh, a resident of the capital’s Ba Đình District, said it took her a long time to get near the stage to watch performances because of the crowd. "All the performances were great, but sometimes it was too hard for me to hear them reciting the poem due to the noise," she added.

Trần Chiến Thắng, a student from Hà Nội National University of Education, said poetry day was a lively educational method to help young people learn about art history. “I do hope more and more activities like this will be organised for the public,” he said. VNS 


Poetry in motion: Dance performances to celebrate the poetry of Việt Nam attracted audiences. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Widespread interest: Over 80 art programmes performed in two days. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Never too young: A children’s poetry quiz. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Celebration: Readers of all ages and walks of life thronged the poetry and literature book stalls. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
One of 200: A poet recite his latest work on stage. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Huge crowds: Việt Nam Poetry Day 2017. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

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